We just found out, per the university, that UM quarterback Kevin Olsen "is no longer a student at UM.''
I'll be back with more, as UM coach Al Golden is about to address the media in his weekly news conference.
UM's official statement:
Kevin Olsen is no longer a student at the University of Miami. We wish him the very best in the future.
Here's what I wrote:
Kevin Olsen is no longer a student at the University of Miami.
A day after Hurricanes quarterback Olsen was arrested and charged with possessing a stolen/fictitious driver’s license and driving under the influence, the university announced Olsen was no longer there.
“Kevin Olsen is no longer a student at the University of Miami,’’ UM released in a written statement. “We wish him the very best in the future.”
Olsen, 19, was a redshirt freshman who never got into a football game at Miami. He was suspended the first two games of this season, and dressed in uniform for the first time this season Saturday against Arkansas State.
He is from Wayne, N.J., and was a four-star recruit when he arrived at UM in the summer of 2013.
UM coach Al Golden was asked during his weekly news conference how much Olsen’s situation saddened and sickened him.
“It’s not the end,’’ said Golden, who noted Monday night that he spoke with Olsen’s dad, Chris Olsen, and Kevin for a long time earlier Monday. “It’s not going to be the end.’’
Chris Olsen coached Kevin at Wayne Hills High, and Golden said he first got to know Kevin when he was recruiting his older brothers Christian and Greg “in the late ’90s, when Kevin was 9 years old and 10 years old – so I watched him grow up. From that standpoint, that was tough for all of us.
“But right now this is about Kevin and his family and we need to respect that and I have no doubt that he’ll be back. He needs this time to look at himself and move forward. I have no doubt that with the support of his family, his brothers, his mom and dad and obviously those of us that know him really well, there’s no question that he’s going to have the right ending at the end of this.’’
Golden said Olsen won’t be back at Miami, but that “he’s going to win in the end. He’ll come out on top.”
Golden wouldn’t talk specifically about what the next step is for Olsen. “That’s personal,’’ he said. “The next step is to look forward and get on the right track and be successful – and he will.’’
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN